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  • The animal with an unusual name of jaguarondi belongs to the family of Felidae. Jaguarundi is a close relative of puma: they belong to the same Puma genus. The Latin (scientific) name of this beast also sounds as puma: “Puma yagouaroundi.”

    What appearance has this predator? Its outward look resembles a weasel, otter and, of course, a cat. Jaguarundi has quite small round head with small triangular ears. Nose tip is broad, slightly flattened. This animal has a long body and short legs. It is very strong and flexible animal. Jaguarundi’s height at the withers is 30 cm, body length – 60 cm, with a thin tail of the same length. The weight of a big individual can reach 9 kg. Eyra cat colors may be gray, red, reddish-brown. All body hair practically has the same color.

    Jaguarundis live in warm countries, they are: South Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Paraguay, southern states of the USA. This predator prefers to live in tropical rain forests, savannahs, in swampy areas, sometimes rises in the mountains.

    Its main food is small rodents and lagomorphs. A spotless cat would not refuse to eat and insects, birds, small reptiles and even fruit.

    This predator (unlike many other Felidae) is active mainly during a day. Jaguarundi is a cautious animal. Strong muscular body on short legs helps a beast to wade through even the heaviest thickets of grass and among the bushes. This predator is able to climb trees and swim, but do both very unwillingly.

    His day lifestyle helps jaguarundi to avoid a direct competition with ocelot and margao to obtain a food. Jaguarundis’ enemies are coyotes, foxes, cougars and bobcats.

    Weasel cats have a solitary lifestyle. Males’ territory overlaps little bit females’ areas, but individuals interact actively only in the mating season.

    Jaguarundi reproduces twice in a year, males fight with each other for females, squawk and behave very aggressively in this period. Gestation lasts little longer than 70 days. 2 – 4 kittens are born in the lair (in the bushes or in the hollow of a fallen tree). They eat mother’s milk only during first three weeks.

    In the past, jaguarundis were kept in captivity for catching rodents, they are quite quickly get used to people. Now animals often make an attack at poultry houses and fruit plantations, so farmers are struggling with them. But the fur of this animal has not a commercial value. So jaguarundis are not a target for hunting. However, people destroy the habitat of these predators.